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5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Photoshop

Today, I’m presenting “5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Photoshop” at the Utah chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. Rather than focus strictly on Photoshop, or geek out about esoteric features, the presentation includes a high-level discussion on best practices for visual communication along with a series of short, essential Photoshop […]

Join a Top-Notch Photography Workshop and Fight Ovarian Cancer

Update: 8/23: I’ve just received word that Jay Dickman will not be able to participate in the workshop due to a scheduling conflict. Are you an amateur photographer who loves getting out and shooting photos of wild places? Have you ever wished you could be mentored by professional photographers National Geographic photographer or a professional photo […]

Is Photography A Performance-based or Post-processed Medium?

In thinking about the future of photography, I’ve been wondering how the craft will evolve as post-processing tools become ever more powerful and our skills at conveying emotion through the use of color, tone and contrast match the sophistication and subtlety of the available technology. I found some interesting parallels between photography and music in […]

I’m Back!

This blog is back up and running after a lengthy hiatus due to this site being hacked while writing a new book. Before I jump into new material, here’s a rundown of what’s new. – My new book, iPad Kickstart, is completed and off to McGraw-Hill for page layout and printing. The book will be released in […]

Attention! Lightroom 4: Tone Curve Bug

Update: 5/1/12 Adobe has released Lightroom 4.1 RC2 on the Adobe Labs Web site. In my testing yesterday, it appears to fully preserve the Tone Curve settings from images in LR3 catalogs. I’ve also found it to be much faster than LR3 as well. I’ve seen several forum posts about some users feeling LR4 was […]

Lightroom 4 Is Here!

Earlier this week, Adobe Lightroom 4 was officially released to the world. With it comes big changes, some visible to the user, others behind the scenes. Collectively, this is one of the most important releases to Lightroom and solidifies Lightroom’s position as the go-to all-in-one application for managing the chaos of a digital photography workflow. […]

Quick Tip: Olympus PEN Video and Adobe Lightroom

If you use Adobe Lightroom to manage your photos, you’ll want to be sure to download any video you shoot with the new Olympus PEN E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1 cameras manually. While Adobe Lightroom will download and manage video from earlier PEN cameras and the Olympus E-5, it doesn’t recognize the AVCHD video format used […]

Tips for a Smooth Round-trip between Photoshop CS5 and Flash Catalyst

Adobe Flash Catalyst is a great tool for building out quick video-based microsites without having to learn any ActionScript or JavaScript. It takes your layered Photoshop file for the base design and allows you to designate which layers are buttons, form fields, etc and applies the necessary code behind the scenes. If it sounds a […]

Photoshop + Adobe Media Encoder = Video Rendering Bliss

If you’re using Photoshop Extended to perform color and tone correction in video footage, you may be frustrated by tying Photoshop up for long periods of time rendering video. If so, try offloading the rendering chores to Adobe Media Encoder CS4 or CS5. Simply save your color-corrected video files as layered .PSDs and open them […]

Panoramic Photos from Video Sweep

Nikon cameras have introduced a nifty feature in their point-and-shoot cameras allowing you to create a panoramic image from a video clip that sweeps across a subject.. You can create the same effect from a video clip with Photoshop Extended. Here’s how. 1) Open your video clip into Photoshop Extended (CS3 & later) and open […]